The Invention of Ethnicity

The Invention of Ethnicity

by Werner Sollors
     
 

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This important new collection of interdisciplinary essays charts the cultural construction of 'ethnicity' as embodied in American ethnic literature.

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This important new collection of interdisciplinary essays charts the cultural construction of 'ethnicity' as embodied in American ethnic literature.

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"Sollors reminds us that the value of any social construction depends on how it is used, and these essays present cogent analyses of how our use of 'ethnicity' has evolved over the years....Deserves a reading by anyone who is involved in the creation, criticism and dissemination of American culture."—VIA: Voices in Italian Americana

"The introduction alone makes this book significant. With both learning and keen insight, Sollors approaches ethnicity as a modern, self-conscious construct, yet 'language does not here emerge as the new Ersatz essence that would substitute for history, the individual, or the social realm.'"—American Literature

"Given a cultural moment in which the concept of "ethnic minorities" is rapidly becoming an outdated, and inaccurate, assessment of the American landscape, this is a valuable, perhaps indispensable, book.—"Journal of Modern Literature

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195045895
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/01/1989
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.81(w) x 8.56(h) x 1.06(d)

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Harvard University

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